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The 12 Things You Must Do In Dallas This February

It's Black History Month, plus new art exhibits and plenty of things to stream.
By D Magazine |
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Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again 

Feb. 19–May 16 | The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Berkeley, shortly before the start of the Islamic Revolution and the Iran–Iraq war. After being separated from her family and culture, Neshat returned to Iran in 1990 to find that it didn’t match her memories of it. She has spent her career exploring the chasms between social ideologies and personal freedoms, specifically those of women, as one can see in her famous series Women of Allah (created between 1993 and 1997). The career survey at The Modern begins with that body of work, moving to early videos, monumental photography installations, and a new work, Land of Dreams (2019).

Black History Month

All Month | Various Venues

February is Black History Month, and while celebrations will obviously look different in 2021, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate and reflect. Here are our recommendations, which includes everything from dance to gallery exhibitions and cooking demos.

Leonidas and Luisi

Feb. 4–7 | Meyerson Symphony Center

Acclaimed Greek soloist Leonidas Kavakos steps onto the Meyerson’s stage to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, a jaw-dropping piece that some violinists call their Mount Everest. Also on the program is a new orchestral work by Dallas Symphony composer-in-residence Angélica Negrón. It will all be conducted by DSO music director Fabio Luisi.

The Arboretum is now offering a twice-daily Friendship Tea in the DeGolyer House.

Friendship Tea

Through Feb. 21, 11 AM & 2 PM | Dallas Arboretum

There’s no reason that high tea should be reserved strictly for the holidays. The Dallas Arboretum is now offering a twice-daily Friendship Tea through much of February in the DeGolyer House. Wander the grounds, smell the flowers, and raise a cup to a new Galentine’s tradition.

Devoted: Art and Spirituality in Mexico and New Mexico

Feb. 21–Jan. 22, 2022 | Dallas Museum of Art

This new focus installation at the Dallas Museum of Art draws pieces from the museum’s Latin American collection to explore how visual representation plays into faith, particularly in Mexico and New Mexico.

Mythmakers: The Art of Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington

Through Feb. 28 | Amon Carter Museum of American Art

The moody ocean scenes of Winslow Homer meet Frederic Remington’s wild, wild West as the two 19th-century painters share a major museum exhibition for the first time. While you’re there, be sure to see “Mitch Epstein: Property Rights,” a photography series documenting moments when public and private rights are in conflict, and Houston-based artist Natasha Bowdoin’s new installation, In the Night Garden.

Tab Benoit

Feb. 11 & 12, 5:30 & 8:15 PM | The Kessler

Louisiana-born and -raised singer, songwriter, and guitarist Tab Benoit brings his gritty take on Delta swamp blues to Texas for four shows over two nights. The Grammy-nominated artist, renowned for his guitar skills and smoky voice, had been scheduled to play The Kessler in December and will give it another go.

Black Violin

Feb. 6, 8 PM | Winspear Opera House

For violinist duo Kev Marcus and Will B, musical genres are merely hues on an expansive palette. As Black Violin, they blend them all to paint a vibrant picture, bringing together classical, jazz, blues, R&B, and hip-hop in a one-of-a-kind performance everybody will enjoy.

Doug Varone and Dancers

Feb. 12, 8 PM | Winspear Opera House

Expect sophisticated, modern choreography and raw energy in SOMEWHERE, Varone’s fresh take on Leonard Bernstein’s music for West Side Story, here for one night only. It is difficult to get something new out of pieces so familiar, but Varone manages it with grace.

Bastards of Soul

Feb. 27, 8 PM | Ridglea Theater

The East Dallas outfit brings its signature soul to Funkytown, centered on tracks from its year-old debut album, Spinnin’. Watch the band’s new short doc, Just a Little Bit, to prepare.

Paolo Roversi: Birds

Through Aug. 22 | Dallas Contemporary

The Design District museum hosts the first North American exhibition of Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi. Titled “Birds” to reflect the romantic motion present in Roversi’s images, the exhibition includes more than 40 images with a focus on his collaboration with Comme des Garçons and its founder Rei Kawakubo.

Alonzo King/LINES Ballet

Feb. 5, 8 PM | Winspear Opera House

TITAS/Dance Unbound presents the stunning choreography and impeccable skill of the TITAS favorite Alonzo King/LINES Ballet. King refers to his inventive pieces as “thought structures,” and the New York Times has said that the dancer possesses “astonishing originality.”

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